Friday, Oct 24, 2014

Separate incidents of cloudburst killed 16 persons in Uttarakhand

Written by Sanjay Singh | Dehradun | Posted: August 15, 2014 3:32 pm | Updated: August 16, 2014 11:13 am

At least 16 persons were killed in separate incidents of cloudburst in various parts of Uttarakhand’s Pauri district on Friday. Reports reaching the emergency operation centre at Pauri said heavy rainfall was witnessed across Pauri district.

On being contacted, DM Pauri C S Bhatt confirmed the report about cloudbursts claiming at least 16 lives in his district. “We have sent rescue teams to all the sites which faced disaster today. NDRF teams have also reached such sites,” he added.

As per the information available in the emergency operation centre at Pauri district headquarters, the heavy rainfall in the district has badly damaged road connectivity to rural parts. “We have requested the state government to provide a helicopter to ensure rescue of such people who are struck at few places due to flash floods,” the man who picked up phone told the IE.

According to him, five persons were swept away after cloudburst hit a village in Yamkeshwar tehsil. He added cloudburst at a site in Lansdown tehsil has claimed five lives. In another incident of cloudburst, two persons lost their lives in Pauri Tehsil.

At Khinduri, Bairagav and Purola villages, more that 200 villagers are struck because of the cloudburst incident.

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